A Brief Summer-y

Oh well, hello.

Where have you been all my life?

It has been a while, sorry about that.

But.  Well...Summer happened.  You know how it is.

IT'S SUMMER.  Thus we should all feel a little like this:

And partake in a little of this:

And bask in some of this:

And enjoy a little of this:

And to me, summer is about over-indulging,
like this:

And soaking in the beauty of nature:

And perhaps a little painting:
(By a serious amateur!  No comments, please-and-thank-you)

And, of course, savoring summer's bountiful harvest:

Veggie-laden pita with pesto and Parmesan...

Loaded berry French toast with slivered almonds...

Blueberry streusel pie from the local Farmer's Market...

Regarding summer delights,
there is a salad I delight in often during these
I-don't-feel-like-cooking months.
A constant stand-by that gets better as it sits,
and is incredibly versatile.

Enter, the White Bean and Tuna Salad.

This dish is traditionally Italian, though they prefer it quite minimal: 
beans, tuna, onion, a little salt, pepper, and vinegar.

I, however, like to dress it up according to what
happens to be chilling out in my fridge.

White Bean and Tuna Salad
(adapted from Giada De Laurentiis' Everyday Italian Cookbook)

2 (6oz) cans tuna, packed in olive oil
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
2 (15oz) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
6 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 medium cucumber, chopped
handful freshly grated Parmesan cheese
handful of parsley, finely chopped


Mix all in large bowl.  Stir to combine.  Chill one hour.  Eat over rice or atop a crusty baguette, spread over lettuce greens, in a sandwich, as a side-dish, or simply out of the bowl itself.  YUM and double yum.  It's a meal in itself.  

Now...excuse me while I go pour a cuppa sun-tea,
grab a magazine and some sun.
"Summer days are driftin' away..."


Kirsten's Cooking said...

love this post! Doesn't summer just put everyone in a great mood?
Your pics look beautiful!! I forget, did you get a new camera?
I love white bean and tuna salad -
also, can we get a commentary on the rest of the pictures? what kind of pie was that, and what was the yummy pita sandwich?
Your Will is just so darling!!!

Abbie said...

Hey Kirs!

Just labeled those photos for you :) And YES we got a new camera around Christmas last year. It's a digital Canon Powershot SX20IS, 12.1 megapixels--I love it! Thanks for reading!

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